Charged with an Out of State DWI

March 25th, 2013

On various occasions, individuals that travel from out of state on business, holidays, or even just passing through Minnesota can end up getting charged with a DWI. Being charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is something to be taken very seriously and can  potentially have a negative or adverse impact on different aspects of an individuals  life. When you are charged with such a crime in a state other than the one in which you reside, the headaches and fines can be even worse, unless you have someone in your corner to help you take care of it.

If you are not from Minnesota but are facing a DWI charge, it can be very frightening, as most people aren’t aware of the laws and legal consequences for DWIs in other states. Most of us don’t have the time or money to travel for ongoing legal proceedings, and this can add to the stresses of your situation. However, there are things that can be done to handle these issues when you are out of state.

What to do after the arrest

It is extremely important that you seek legal representation as soon as possible. Finding an attorney with a great reputation that specializes in DUIs is the first step. An equipped criminal attorney will be able to gather all the evidence which pertains to your case and review it for potential legal challenges.  Even if facts warranting a complete dismissal of the case doesn’t exist , a skilled lawyer will usually have enough knowledge to negotiate a favorable settlement where possible, which  makes the financial expenditure you will make for attorney fees worthwhile.

Court Appearances

Unfortunately, unless your case is dismissed by the prosecutor, you will have to appear before a judge for your sentencing or trial. An attorney from the same state should be able to handle most of the court appearance short of an actual trial, however. On many occasions,  the court will allow a lawyer to make appearances for you in order to submit a plea and for discovery hearings, if you are located in a different state.

If you are an out-of-state resident who ends up with a DUI in Minnesota, don’t make the mistake of trying to handle your case on your own or risk missing an appearance in court. This is likely to make your situation even worse. Hiring a competent attorney is a must when facing out of state DUI charges.

Guest blog offered by Florida attorney David Haenel from the law firm of Finebloom & Haenel. You can find more information about David by visiting his website at


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